Saturday, 08 August, 2020

Covid 19 coronavirus: Vietnam records first death after virus re-emerges

Vietnam reports first virus death after months of successful countermeasures Vietnam Records First COVID-19 Death | Time
Gustavo Carr | 02 August, 2020, 13:13

Most of the new cases are linked to hospitals in Danang city, where the first locally transmitted infection in more than three months was detected last week.

From July 25 to August 1, Da Nang has identified over 7,000 F1 cases - people who have been in contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases, over 2,300 F2 ones - people who have been in contact with F1 - and quarantined over 11,000 people either in medical facilities, quarantine zones or their own homes.

More than 800,000 people had travelled to the coastal city since July 1, and returned to their home provinces and cities, according to the government, while about 41,000 people had visited three hospitals there where most of the infections occurred. It has grown to 93 confirmed cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, and forced authorities to reimpose lockdown restrictions.

The communist state has won praise for its handling of the virus - reporting just 509 infections in total, including those from the new wave, and no deaths despite sharing a long border with China.

The man, 70, died early on Friday, state media said. The Covid-19 tests have helped to reassure him and many other citizens, he said.

Among the 8,300 samples tested during the period, 87 proved positive, municipal health authorities said. Hanoi has tested a third of the 54,000 people returning from Da Nang.

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Since then, cases have been confirmed in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

"I want to be tested so I can stop worrying if I have the virus or not". The city is testing some 20,000 other returnees.

All the new cases, including eight men and four women, were recorded in the central city of Da Nang.

Yesterday the city began setting up a makeshift hospital in a sports auditorium and doctors have been mobilised from other cities to help.

Hoi An, an ancient town and top tourist destination known for its charming old houses 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Da Nang, stopped allowing visitors on Thursday because of the outbreak.